If you have a leaky toilet you are probably spending a lot more money on your water bill than you need to. Even a small leak in a toilet can waste hundreds of gallons of water. If you have basic plumbing experience you might be able to fix the leak yourself. Following is information to help you troubleshoot a leak and suggestions of basic solutions.
There is a simple test you can conduct that will let you know if you have a problem that needs further exploring:
To find the cause of the toilet leak, take the lid off the tank. Flush the toilet a few times and watch the flushing mechanisms while the water empties and refills. Look for the following problems:
Once you have identified the problem you can take the steps necessary to correct it. Following is a list of basic fixes you can try:
When working on a toilet, remember that the parts are delicate. Do not bend or force them to move. Doing so could cause them to break and leave you with a bigger problem than when you started. If you reach a point where you are not sure what to do next, it is best to leave it alone and call a plumber. In the long run it may be less expensive to call Roto-Rooter to fix the problem in the beginning rather than calling us for an emergency repair.
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